The church in Corinth had more than its share of difficulties. Factions divided the members against one another. Concern for status meant indifference to their neighbors who were deemed not important enough. Spiritual pride resulted in all manner of bad behavior. Their problems spilled over even into their celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
Paul had to remind the Corinthians of what they should have known already. He had to remind them that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ himself, that it was the new
covenant in Christ’s own blood for the forgiveness of sins.
How do we proclaim Christ’s death through the Lord’s Supper?
How is the Lord’s Supper the great equalizer for all who come to the table of grace?
Tomorrow evening (7 pm) we will gather for worship on the day known as “Maundy Thursday.” “Maundy” means “great commandment” or “mandate.” It is on this night, the evening before Christ’s crucifixion, that Jesus’ disciples were mandated to continue to celebrate the Lord’s Supper (“Do this in remembrance of me”) and to serve one another as Christ served them.
We obey our Lord’s mandate to commune and serve our neighbour, not because it earns us brownie points with God, but in faithful response to the Christ who served and died for us while we were yet sinners.